Everyone can agree that teaching is not a job for the faint of heart -- especially after School Year 2020. But workplace injury is rarely among the first trials we think of when we empathize with educators. The truth is, teachers are exposed to a number of hazards in a school environment, and work-related injuries are more common than you may realize.
At , we proudly accept worker’s compensation for treating injuries sustained during the tough job of being a teacher, and we’re passionate about educating all workers on the potential risks they face at the workplace. Here are three surprisingly common injuries that teachers should watch out for as they head back to school:
1. Slips, Trips & Falls
If you’ve ever been to a school, you know that wet, slick floors are a normal part of a teacher’s workplace environment. Combined with narrow, crowded hallways and distracting students, these conditions are a recipe for slipping, tripping, and falling-related injuries. This is especially prevalent in kitchen areas that are frequently cleaned, such as the cafeteria and faculty room. While slipping on the floor isn’t always the end of the world, these injuries can be significant, and include painful conditions such as twisted ankles, twisted knees, pulled back muscles, and neck strain that can severely impact a teacher’s quality of life.
2.Repetitive Motion Injuries
Students may complain about class being the same old routine every day, but the same can go for the teachers who are leading it. Repetitive motions of the hands, wrists, and back -- typing, grading papers with a pen, drawing on dry erase boards, etc -- can ultimately lead to injuries such as muscle strain and nerve compressions (like carpal tunnel syndrome). In serious cases, including some cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, surgery may even be required to alleviate pain and restore the affected muscles to their full function.
At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, and specialize in treating work-related injuries to the upper extremities. If you’re struggling with this type of injury, schedule an appointment before your condition progresses.
3. Crushing Injuries
Schools are meant to be a safe place to learn, and they should ideally be a safe place to work as well. Unfortunately, many schools are affected by unstable infrastructure, putting teachers at risk for being crushed when a doorframe or bleacher breaks and falls. Even schools that are perfectly sturdy struggle to manage slamming doors, moving carts, and other potential hazards that can lead to crushing injuries to the hands, toes, wrists, and more.
If you’re a teacher going back to school this fall, we thank you for all the amazing work you do, and we urge you to know your risks and stay as safe as possible. If you find yourself struggling with a work-related injury, in need of treatment, and unsure where to start with the complex process of workers’ compensation, reach out to the dedicated at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists. We’re happy to help!
If you are suffering from a work-related injury, don’t wait to seek treatment. The team at proudly accepts worker’s compensation and is committed to your total recovery. Ready to get started? with us today.